Two active bishops working in tandem are a mighty force.
Indeed, the bishop's long range enables it to dominate vast swaths of the board, and to simultaneously play both a defensive and an attacking role.
While the power of two bishops is... | Read More
For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers.
Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More
It's a curious fact that the informal title of "Master" ("Mаэстро"), the equivalent of today's International Grandmaster that was used in Russia during the late 19th-early twenieth century, was based upon ... | Read More
When I have lessons with students, we usually go over their games.
Invariably, the student comes to me thinking that the errors in the game are based on blunders, missed tactics, a bad opening, or some form of positional atrocity. Of course, thes... | Read More
Chess and music have been linked throughout history.
Both of these cerebral pursuits live at the intersection of science and art, and both are breeding grounds for amazing geniuses and prodigies.
The logic, structure, and meaning of music can ... | Read More